Friday Links and Thinks

24 Sep

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Good morning everyone! Sorry the Friday blog is a little tardy. I’m taking a four day weekend, so I was driving last night from about 5:30 until about 10, and at that point, went to sleep. So, it’s up early on Friday, figuring out a plan for the day and a quick blog posting. The football picks will be posted later. Having 43 people in the panel makes it a little more difficult! It should be a fun weekend. We will be heading to the Twin Cities a little later today, and this weekend I’ll be at the Minnesota Zoo on Saturday and at the Gophers football game at TCF Field on Saturday night. You will definitely want to check back here on Monday when I post a special Twins awards blog where I contacted many Twins bloggers/writers/radio types on the Twins MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year. So, hopefully you find the results interesting. I know that in the responses I have to this point, No fewer than five (maybe six) Twins players have received at least one first-place vote for team MVP.

By the way, I think it needs to be pointed out that the Minnesota Twins have the best record in baseball going into play on Friday!

With that, below you will find the question of the week, a look at this weekend’s Twins/Tigers series, lots of links to more great Twins blogs, podcasts and more. Have a great weekend!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What are your thoughts on the new Twins theme song, Don’t Call Them Twinkies?! I do know that it is way better than that Prince attempt at a Vikings song.

WEEKEND AHEAD

The Twins have already clinched the AL Central title, so at this point it is all about getting ready for the playoffs. Will they play Yankees? Will they play the Rays? Well, they can’t worry about that because they can’t do anything about it. But the team is trying to get healthy, and they are trying to set up their postseason roster. As you can see, the Detroit Tigers will get to see the Twins top three starters this weekend. Each will make one more start next week before the ALDS starts the following week. I’ll make an assumption, based on very little, that we won’t see Joe Mauer this weekend. After his MRI yesterday, I would think that Denard Span will get a couple more games off as well.

Here are the pitching matchups:

  • Friday nightFrancisco Liriano (14-8, 3.44, 1.25, .250) vs Justin Verlander (17-8, 3.46, 1.19, .231)
  • Saturday nightCarl Pavano (17-11, 3.60, 1.16, .259) vs Jeremy Bonderman (8-9, 4.92, 1.39, .270)
  • Sunday afternoonBrian Duensing (10-2, 2.19, 1.13, .243 vs. Rick Porcello (9-11, 5.22, 1.41, .289)

TWINS BLOGS

Here is a look around the Twins blogosphere. A good site to find 66 Twins blogs is Newsbobber’s Minnesota Baseball Blog site., but you can also look on the left side of this page for many. I’ve only included blogs that have been updated in the last few days (let me know if I’m missing any sites that I should add):

  1.  
    1. Twinkie Talk wrote some thoughts on the 2010 Division Champions
    2. Knuckleballs posted Part 2 of a How Did We Get Here series.
    3. K-Bro Baseball wrote various thoughts on the celebration, including her dislike for Hawk Harrelson.
    4. Fanatic Jack wrote Twins Clinch Division, and then referenced Mr. Gardenhire’s postseason record, just for fun.
    5. Lipgloss and Baseball remembers a great night and some other Twins notes.
    6. I posted this the other day, but it’s really good, so if you missed it, check it out. For the Love of the Game was at Target Field through the postgame celebration. Here she has pictures of the night.
    7. Peanuts from Heaven posts some Reactions to a Division Title.  

TWINSCENTRIC STUFF

Here are the links to the StarTribune.com TwinsCentric blog postings for this week:

 

PODCASTS AND MORE

  • On Tuesday Night’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins podcast, I was joined by Cody Christie (NoDak Twins Fan) throughout the show and covered a ton of Twins topics. We were also joined by Brad Hand, a highly-regarded left-handed pitcher in the Florida Marlins farm system (their 2nd round pick in 2008) who is from Chaska, Minnnesota.
  • On Wednesday night, I was a guest on Fanatic Jack’s podcast.

 Any thoughts on the Twins or the Twins blogosphere? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.

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7 Responses to “Friday Links and Thinks”

  1. j-sin September 24, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Seth, I thank you for sharing your true thoughts on Finn’s song. I think it’s okay. The lyrics are too jumbled in the first two versus. The melody isn’t catchy –it’s almost like they wrote it for a singer who can’t sing more than 1 octave range (not always a bad thing). The lyrics have great meaning, but they had a hard time rhyming and getting them all in. That being said, I think it is alright, and is much better than GB Leighton’s song (sorry GB, nice try).

    Some (on Howard’s blog) claim it’s better than Fogarty’s “Put Me In Coach”, but I would have to go ahead and respectfully strongly disagree with that.

    -J

  2. Brad September 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    I love Finn’s new song, much better than that crap from G.B.

  3. Pradesh September 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” has an awesome beat with great lyrics. Too bad the title and chorus line are so “Minnesota nice,” pouty, and lame. I’d be laughing my a** off if the theme song they played at Yankee Stadium was called “Please Don’t Call Them the Skanks.”

  4. Andrew September 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Hey Seth, Michael Haas at Alright Hamilton! also talked about the history of the Homer Hanky. http://www.alright-hamilton.com/2010/09/homer-hanky-history.html

  5. Greg September 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m a big Hold Steady and LFTR PLLR fan, but I wanted to like “Don’t Call Them Twinkies” way more than I did.

    Maybe I need more listens, but on first listen Pradash is spot on re: the whininess of the title & chorus. The best of the “Minneapolis Sound” had a swagger that grabs you and puts both coasts on notice: flyover country ain’t messing around; these winters toughened us up. Think Replacements, Suicide Commandos, Husker Du, Prince, Hold Steady, even Har Mar Superstar. This is all “Please, we’d like some respect…if that’s okay with you.”

  6. mike wants wins September 25, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Sounds like the Hold Steady to me. Lots of strength in parts, some weakness in parts. Very typical, I thought.

  7. Steve L. September 27, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    Seth, you picked the Lions?!? I would have told you Brett Favre has never lost to them when playing at home in his entire career if you had asked (is now 19-0).

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